Online Poll Finds High Percentage of People Drinking and Driving

A recent Harris Poll online found that two-thirds of people surveyed believe it is dangerous to drive even after one or two drinks. Despite this view, more than a third of participants admitted to driving a vehicle after they have had too much to drink.

This is especially concerning since the summer is a dangerous time on the road for many, including teens. As AAA has noted in the past, 7 of the 10 deadliest days on the road for teenagers fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The summertime of course includes a lot of time off work for vacations and many outdoor activities as well as late night parties. These combined to have a generally higher volume of alcohol consumption, and so the liklihood of there being someone on the road under the influence of alcohol increases.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher on the 4th of July between 2008 and 2012. These fatalities account for 40% percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities during this time.

Decision Point Center would like to remind people to please be responsible over these summer holidays and to be careful. Someone doesn't have to be an alcoholic to ruin their lives or someone else's by drinking, as evidenced by these statistics above. However, if you do know of someone in need of treatment for an alcohol problem, please contact us to speak with one of our counselors today.